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Poster: hseamons Date: Jun 23, 2011 2:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 37 years ago today: "Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools" - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

http://soundcloud.com/hunters-trix/setting-sail-ship-of-fools-6


Here is a sample track from one of the Dead's EPIC shows in 1974, when Bear's Wall of Sound was fully operational and audiences were being blown away by the colossal sound waves emanating from its many towering speakers. But the Wall wasn't made simply to blow the roof off a joint; the Dead's most delicate and sublime musical moments could now be heard in all their acoustical glory, filling the room for people even in the back row to be able to hear and dance on every graceful note. Bold and courageous tapers, like Jerry Moore, were determined to get these legendary sounds on tape, and the glittering sonicscapes they captured was no simple task.

The fruits of Moore's labors can be heard here in a symbiotic relationship with the well-balanced soundboard recording, which together produce a unique aural experience that cannot be derived from either of the recordings alone. By being mixed together in a very specific way, a sonic chemical reaction occurs that produces a new aural creature to be reckoned with. This new audio form - the matrix - contains a heightened level of acoustical energy and resonance that reveals a depth and power to the live sound that was not quite experienced before, except perhaps if one was actually at the show. The matrix is thus a more accurate musical portrait of the band/audience relationship that was so integral to the life of a Grateful Dead concert event, where both parties literally fed off the energy of the other. This acoustical feeding frenzy, in relation to the sound dimensions of the actual room or space, is what the matrix seeks to embody and reproduce, and it touches more decisively on a sustained kind of ecstasy that would occur at a show between the Dead and their fans.

The track presented here, which is Robert Hunter's and Jerry Garcia's "Ship of Fools" (on Hunter's birthday, no less), is unique in that it is preceded by a soft and lyrical "jam" that reflects the tones and textures of "Ship of Fools", but it is not a formal part of the song. This exquisite musical interlude, skillfully placed after Phil Lesh's and Ned Lagin's otherworldly "Seastones" debut, has, as of late, been affectionately and quite appropriately called "Setting Sail". The jam, which is really more of a song in itself, conveys a languid feeling of casting off into gentle and cool waters at dawn, only to be met by a cautionary tale of paying allegiance to the wrong kinds of ships at sea.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jun 24, 2011 6:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 37 years ago today: 'Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools' - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

Indeed, this show is a true classic: one of the great nights taken from arguably the best month in one of the last indisputably great years. I've always preferred the Moore audience to the board or matrix for this show, but to each his own. Whatever source you choose, I would say this show is a must-have.

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Poster: Ramblin_Joe Date: Jun 29, 2011 7:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 37 years ago today: 'Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools' - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

These were 2 of the best shows ever, from the GD's best year, but I think the 6-22 show is better because of the very unique solos on China Cat, Jack Straw, and Scarlet.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jun 24, 2011 5:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 37 years ago today: 'Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools' - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

That second paragraph is sarcasm, Right?

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Poster: hseamons Date: Jun 24, 2011 8:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 37 years ago today: 'Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools' - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

I have never been more earnest!

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jun 24, 2011 8:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 37 years ago today: 'Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools' - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

My bad. That paragraph reads like Scientology. The matrix as some new 'mythical creation of a sonic soundscape" or whatever. I though it was tounge in cheek like the name change thing or that essay you wrote.

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Poster: hseamons Date: Jun 24, 2011 8:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 37 years ago today: 'Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools' - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

Skobud, I am not a Scientologist, nor do my writings express the views of Scientology.

I never wrote "mythical creation of a sonic soundscape." These are real creations, not mythical ones, and I do see matrixes as "creatures" in the archaic sense of the word.

"Soundscapes," or "sonicscapes," has been appropriately applied here. From Wiki:

"The term 'soundscape' can also refer to an audio recording or performance of sounds that create the sensation of experiencing a particular acoustic environment, or compositions created using the found sounds of an acoustic environment, either exclusively or in conjunction with musical performances."

Matrixes are precisely these "compositions" and are a more integrative soundscape, where there is a greater experience of simultaneous aural reciprocity.

Regarding my name "change", I was earnest about that too, although I wasn't really CHANGING it, just making clear that there is more to my name than HS, since names are important - but I think almost everything in life should be approached with a wink of humor.

And as to the essay? I was using mythological ideas to explain certain aspects of reality. "Myth" and "reality" often go hand in hand.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jun 24, 2011 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 37 years ago today: 'Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools' - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

Whatever hunter - It doesnt matter anyway. My comments were directed at this made up language you use. This half philosophy/mythology angle and half made up science thing you do is really odd and annoying to me. Its like you try to come off as an audio engineer, but anyone that knows anything about sound can tell you are not. You pulled the same shit on that essay and I responded to that too.... Whatever dude - promote your work however you want - I just dont buy it. Especially when you justify it by quoting Wikipedia.

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Poster: hseamons Date: Jun 24, 2011 10:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 37 years ago today: 'Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools' - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

"I guess it doesn't matter, anyway-hey......"

What I was hoping you would find more interesting than annoying is my proclivity to "matrix" science, philosophy, mythology, religion and/or whatever. I'm not too privy on keeping things strictly scientific or strictly philosophical/mythological/religious. Science cannot explain many aspects of natural phenomena, so we need to develop language that is not entirely scientific to find a deeper value or meaning behind something or its function. Call it pseudo-science or whatever, but I am extremely comfortable with that.

So, if the language is "odd", that's good and probably means there is something to learn from it. If it's "annoying", then I am afraid you have brought that on yourself for giving it the time of day. Those are brutal scientific facts, Skobud.

I am not an audio engineer in the formal sense - you are correct about that - so I am not trying to present myself as one. I do, however, have ideas about sound and audio production that I feel are valid and are worthy of bringing to the table, especially the GD table. I'll just try to sit further down the table from you so as not to offend.

Grace and peace.

Yours,

Jubal "The Ram" Seamons

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jun 24, 2011 11:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 37 years ago today: 'Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools' - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

Nonsense. Youre nuts. Self defining the English language is a huge indicator in the DSM. You have your own reality and your own language. Excellent. Now Ive seen everything.

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Poster: hseamons Date: Jun 24, 2011 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 37 years ago today: 'Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools' - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

I suppose you are uninterested in hearing about the hyperspatial aliens that have a profound influence on my matrix work? They're here. I'm telling you - THEY ARE HERE.

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Poster: debris_slide Date: Jun 24, 2011 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 37 years ago today: 'Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools' - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

no offense to you Hunter, I'm a fan...but skobud's responses are effin great...it's just him being truthful about what he thinks about matrixes(sp?).

Call my sense of humor juvenile but I was laughing out loud reading the whole exchange...skobud isn't buying anything you're sellin' Hunter...and he doesn't mind telling you.


Honesty can be hilarious sometimes.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Jun 23, 2011 11:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 37 years ago today: 'Setting Sail -> Ship of Fools' - 6/23/74 Jai-Alai Fronton - Miami, FL

Jubal H., I have enjoyed this time period for years and after venturing into many other years lately (including some amazing 1994 shows) I am back and it is sounding as great as ever. I love Missoula, Des Moines, Santa Barbara, Louisville, Jai-Alai, and Selland. Great stuff and I enjoy all of your Matrixes (is that right?) So this is a treat. The 22nd is good too, but I've always liked the 23rd much better.